Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails Activities

Thursdays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 21

Snowshoeing

3-4 p.m.

Recreation Desk in the Activities Building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join MCC instructor Cheryl Meyer snowshoeing on the trails. Any ability level is welcome and the instructor can provide tips and help to get you started. Bring your own snowshoes. If there is no snow, there will be hiking or running instead. Meet at the Recreation Desk in the Activities Building on MCC’s Sidney Campus. Contact Cheryl at cherylm@montcalm.edu for more information.

 

Saturday, Jan. 26

Introduction to Snowshoeing

10 a.m. to noon

Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

MCC instructor Cheryl Meyer will introduce you to the basics of snow-shoeing as well as gear selection. If you already have snowshoes, bring them with you. If there is snow, participants will take a short walk to practice techniques. If there is no snow, we’ll still meet and the shorter session will focus on gear and demonstrations. Meet in Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Contact Cheryl at cherylm@montcalm.edu for more information.

Feb. 1-28

Winter Photography Contest

Submit photos on the MCC Nature Trails Facebook page

 

Submit your 2019 Winter photos of the animals, plants, and landscape features from the MCC Nature Trails by leaving a comment on the post on our MCC Nature Trails Facebook page. Please include your name, the trail name, a photo title or description, and your category (Animal, Plant, Landscape, Other). We welcome you to tag yourself in your post! Contest winners will be announced in early March. Contact Heather at hwesp@montcalm.edu for more information.

 

Feb. 1-28

Pre-Order an MCC Nature Trails/Earth Day T-shirt

Due to popular demand, we’ll be back with another Earth Day t-shirt. Children and adult sizes (S, M, L, XL) are available for $10. Adult (2XL – 5XL) are available for $14. The shirts will be personalized to say MCC Nature Trails on the sleeve. The Nature Trails Committee receives 30% of the profit from all sales. E-mail your name and shirt-size to naturetrails@montcalm.edu. Pre-payment is preferred. In order to get the shirts before Earth Day, the last day to order is February 28.

 

Friday, Feb. 1

Family Astronomy Night

6-8 p.m.

Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join MCC Instructor Don Adkison as he introduces basic astronomy topics, including winter constellations. This presentation will focus on kid-friendly activities (age 7 to 12) as well as night sky viewing (a short walk). Dress appropriately for the weather; attendees may want to bring blankets or flashlights (cover ends in red Saran wrap or color with a red dry erase marker). Return to the classroom around 7:30 p.m. to warm up and wrap up. In the event of cloudy skies, the night-sky viewing may be rescheduled for Saturday night, February 2nd; check www.montcalm.edu/nature-trails for updates after 4 p.m. on 2/1/2019. Meet in Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Contact Don Adkison at donalda@montcalm.edu for more information.

March (date to be determined)

Guest Speaker with Live Animals

Details to follow.

 

Saturday, March 16

Spring Sojourn Walk

10:30 a.m. to noon

Robert E. Marston Pavilion on MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join members of the MCC Nature Trails Committee as we take in the serenity of a spring (or winter) landscape. Dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Robert. E Marston Pavillion (near the bike path and greenhouse) on MCC's Sidney campus.

 

Fridays, March 1 and March 15 

Series Dates (Alternating Fridays): Mar. 1, March 15, March 29 – Cancelled due to Spring Break, April 12, April 26, May 10, May 24, and June 7

Disc Golf Instructional Series for Beginners

6-7 p.m.

MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join Middle Mitten Disc Golf Club and Michigan Disc Golf Empire as they host a disc golf instructional series for beginners and amateurs alike. All aspects of disc golf will be covered including type of discs, techniques, rules, putting, approaching, driving, and strategy. Other topics may be covered based on attendee interests. Some equipment will be available to use or you may bring your own. Each session will last 60 to 90 minutes. Come to one or come to all, drop in as your schedule allows. Early sessions will be held indoors in the gymnasium located in the Activities building on MCC’s Sidney Campus. Later sessions will be held at Hole 1 near the Tennis Courts.

Friday, April 12

Series Dates (Alternating Fridays): Mar. 1, March 15, March 29 – Cancelled due to Spring Break, April 12, April 26, May 10, May 24, and June 7

Disc Golf Instructional Series for Beginners

6-7 p.m.

MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join Middle Mitten Disc Golf Club and Michigan Disc Golf Empire as they host a disc golf instructional series for beginners and amateurs alike. All aspects of disc golf will be covered including type of discs, techniques, rules, putting, approaching, driving, and strategy. Other topics may be covered based on attendee interests. Some equipment will be available to use or you may bring your own. Each session will last 60 to 90 minutes. Come to one or come to all, drop in as your schedule allows. Early sessions will be held indoors in the gymnasium located in the Activities building on MCC’s Sidney Campus. Later sessions will be held at Hole 1 near the Tennis Courts.

 

Thursdays, April 18 through May 9

Trail Thursdays

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join MCC Biology Instructor Heather Wesp for informative and fun walks on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails on MCC’s Sidney campus. Learn about local plants, animals and ecology. Your interests and questions drive this class, which meets rain or shine. All ages are welcome. Meet in Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.

 

Saturday, April 20

Earth Day Trail Cleanup

10 a.m. to noon

MCC's Sidney campus

 

Bring your family and friends to volunteer on our beautiful nature trails; all ages welcome. We typically clear winter storm damage, pick up trash, remove autumn olive, or mark trails to increase visibility. Please bring gloves and trimming tools (pruners, clippers, racheting, etc.). We’ll meet out on Meadow Loop near the tennis courts. If you’d like to bring a group (Scouts, 4H, Church, etc.), please e-mail naturetrails@montcalm.edu so we can have a project ready for you. Join us for a thank-you potluck from 12-1 pm at the Robert E. Marston Pavilion. Committee members will provide burgers and side dishes; volunteers are welcome to contribute as well.

 

Tuesday, April 30

Introduction to Spring Fungi

6-8 p.m.

Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

Ethan Christensen, who has completed his Michigan Mushroom Certification and has a great enthusiasm for fungi, will introduce you to common spring fungi, including morels. Join Ethan on the trails to hunt for and identify mushrooms after covering the basic life cycle and physiology of fungi. Meet in Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.

Fridays, May 10 and May 24 

Series Dates (Alternating Fridays): Mar. 1, March 15, March 29 – Cancelled due to Spring Break, April 12, May 10, May 24, and June 7

Disc Golf Instructional Series for Beginners

6-7 p.m.

MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join Middle Mitten Disc Golf Club and Michigan Disc Golf Empire as they host a disc golf instructional series for beginners and amateurs alike. All aspects of disc golf will be covered including type of discs, techniques, rules, putting, approaching, driving, and strategy. Other topics may be covered based on attendee interests. Some equipment will be available to use or you may bring your own. Each session will last 60 to 90 minutes. Come to one or come to all, drop in as your schedule allows. Early sessions will be held indoors in the gymnasium located in the Activities building on MCC’s Sidney Campus. Later sessions will be held at Hole 1 near the Tennis Courts.

 

Saturday, May 11

Mushroom Cultivation

10 a.m. to noon

Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

Ethan Christensen, who has completed his Michigan Mushroom Certification and has a great enthusiasm for fungi, will teach you how to grow oyster mushrooms (all materials provided). Attendees will prepare bags or buckets of pasteurized straw (attendees choice) and inoculate them with Ostreatus pleurotus, the oyster mushroom. Oysters are aesthetically pleasing, resistant to bacterial contamination during the colonization phase, mature to the fruiting stage relatively quickly, and--best of all--are edible and delicious! Ethan will also talk about other commonly cultivated species and cultivation methods, including log spawning and cultivating mushrooms alongside plants in vegetable gardens. When you leave, you’ll have a healthy dose of fungal knowledge and a bag or bucket that will begin producing mushrooms within a few weeks. We encourage pre-registration by Monday, April 29th to ensure enough supplies. Please register by emailing naturetrails@montcalm.edu. Meet in Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.

 

Saturday, May 18

Migratory Birds

10 a.m. to noon

Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join MCC instructor Cheryl Meyer for a short presentation on common spring migrating birds seen in Michigan in all their colorful glory. Then you’ll head outside to look for them; bring your own binoculars if you have them. In 2018, over 30 species were seen! All ages are welcome. Meet in Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.

 

Wednesday, May 22

Biking and Biology

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fredrick Meijer Heartland Trail (Meet at parking lot where the trail crosses Derby Rd, just south of Sidney, MI.)

 

Travel the Fredrick Meijer Heartland trail with biology instructor Heather Wesp. Biking pace will be gentle and appropriate for adults and older children. Bike riders will stop every 10-20 minutes to observe and learn about the plants, animals, and ecological processes associated with different habitats. Participants must provide their own bike.

 

Wednesdays, May 29 and June 5

Art from Nature

6 to 8 p.m.

Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

During the first week participants will learn visit the trails to collect plants as well as other natural materials. You’ll be taught how to preserve plant specimens, including basic plant pressing techniques. During the second week, students will assemble preserved plant and animal parts into works of art of their own design. Participants can choose between traditional herbarium preparation or creating their own art such as note cards, wall hangings, etc. Basic art supplies (card stock, glue, scissors, etc.) will be provided but feel free to bring your own materials as well. All ages are welcome. Meet in Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.

Friday, June 7

Series Dates (Alternating Fridays): Mar. 1, March 15, March 29 – Cancelled due to Spring Break, April 12, May 10, May 24, and June 7

Disc Golf Instructional Series for Beginners

6-7 p.m.

MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join Middle Mitten Disc Golf Club and Michigan Disc Golf Empire as they host a disc golf instructional series for beginners and amateurs alike. All aspects of disc golf will be covered including type of discs, techniques, rules, putting, approaching, driving, and strategy. Other topics may be covered based on attendee interests. Some equipment will be available to use or you may bring your own. Each session will last 60 to 90 minutes. Come to one or come to all, drop in as your schedule allows. Early sessions will be held indoors in the gymnasium located in the Activities building on MCC’s Sidney Campus. Later sessions will be held at Hole 1 near the Tennis Courts.

Upcoming Activities in 2019

  • Aug. 1-3: Heritage Village Festival
  • Aug. through Sept.: Couch to 5K Training
  • Sept. 21: Bramble Ramble 5k and 10k
CONTACT US
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Heather Wesp
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989-328-1270
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